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Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what strategy is being pursued by the Chief Pharmacist in combating the counterfeiting of (a) medical and (b) veterinary pharmaceutical products in Northern Ireland 
Mr. Woodward: The Department's Pharmaceutical Inspectorate, under the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, investigates all reports of manufacture and sale of illegal human and veterinary medicines including counterfeit products.
The Inspectorate conducts routine and ad-hoc announced" and unannounced" inspections of manufacturers and wholesale dealers of medicinal products to assess compliance with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Good Distribution Practice (GDP).
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This work is undertaken on behalf of, and in liaison with, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). In addition, there is a regular programme of inspection of pharmacies and of registered agricultural merchants and saddlers for compliance with relevant legislation and current good practice.
The Department seeks to create public awareness through publicising criminal convictions and notable seizures of illegal and counterfeit products, which are considered to pose a significant threat to public health.
The Inspectorate undertakes regular training in counterfeit medicines detection methods and techniques in co-operation with the MHRA who also provide analytical services in relation to enforcement cases. There are also good collaborative links with international drug regulatory authorities and, more locally, the Inspectorate works closely with the Irish Medicines Board in relation to human medicines and with the Irish Department of Agriculture and Food (DAF) for veterinary medicines in the conduct of joint-investigations, exchange of experience and the sharing of intelligence.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the reasons are for the differences between the figures for Northern Ireland Departmental Administration Costs Limits for 200506 published as Table 4 of his Priorities and Budget document 2005 to 2008 and the figures for departmental net administration costs for the same year published in the Northern Ireland Estimates 200506. 
|Total departmental admin costs per estimates booklet||1,105.3|
|Less notional charges||-72.1|
|Admin costs per Table 4, Priorities and Budget Document(42)||903.2|
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to avert strike action by teachers, classroom assistants and other education personnel in Northern Ireland. 
Angela E. Smith: I met with schools, boards, political parties and the NI Committee of the Irish Congress of Trades Unions to discuss their concerns with regard to education funding in Northern Ireland. As a result of these meetings, strike action has been suspended by the Unions. I announced additional resources of £12.5 million for education of which £3.5 million will go to address pressures in special education, £2.5 million to improve the nutritional standards of school meals and £2.5 million to schools' maintenance. I have also made £4 million available to help the boards develop shared services and re-shape the schools' estate in line with falling pupil numbers. Savings in these areas will release valuable resources for front-line services in schools.
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what EU funds from (a) mainstream funds and (b) special programmes and initiatives have been allocated to North Belfast in each year since 1997. 
1 The figures relate to projects with an address in the North Belfast parliamentary constituency. Where the project address is insufficient to allocate a postcode, organisation address details are used. If this is the case it is important to note that the impact of any project may extend beyond the geographical location of the project itself. In addition, a project may not be situated within the same geographical area as the applicant organisation.
|(a) Mainstream EU programmes(43)||(b) Special programmes and initiatives(44)|
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to ensure that communities from a Protestant and Unionist background receive a fair share of EU Peace funds. 
Angela E. Smith: No shares of EU PEACE funds are set aside for either community. Recent research shows that both communities are deriving substantial benefit with Protestant share estimated at 48.6 per cent. and Catholic share estimated at 51.4 per cent. This research has also shown that Protestants are less likely to apply and every effort will be made to encourage applications from that community. Actions will include:
Mr. Hanson: There is no estimate available for the number of deaths attributable to fuel poverty. It is estimated that the average number of deaths, due to cardiovascular and respiratory causes, where low climatic temperature was a factor was approximately 2,050 per annum in the period 19802001. These deaths occurred in all seasons of the year and to people of all ages. They are not necessarily attributable to low home temperatures nor can they be attributed directly to fuel poverty. There has been a general decline in death from cardiovascular and respiratory causes, and it is estimated that a comparable figure for 200304 would be approximately 1,020.
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